Uluru concern over children's book

The traditional owners of Uluru say they will ask a court to ban a children's book about a teddy bear who climbs the rock, if it is not withdrawn by next Friday.

The Anangu people have had a long dispute with the author of the book, called "Bromley Climbs Uluru", because they say it is offensive to their culture.

A lawyer for the traditional owners, Tony Keyes, says the book, by Sydney author, Alan Campbell, contains photos of Bromley the bear on the rock.

"There's one in particular that shows the bear sitting on top of the rock with a distant view of Kata Tjuta. The point about that is that it sends a message that climbing on the rock is acceptable and stories that aren't connected with the Aboriginal law of the place can be told about it without reference to the traditional owners."

Mr Keyes says it's an offence under federal environment regulations to make money from images of Uluru.

He says the Anangu people would consider an out-of-court solution such as a sticker on the book saying Bromley asks readers to respect Aboriginal laws and not climb the rock.

The manager of Uluru Kata Tjuta National park, Brooke Watson, says the traditional owners only want to be consulted about matters that involve their cultural heritage.

"I believe that Australians throughout the nation are trying to reconstitute respect for the traditional values of this land that have been here long before western culture arrived. And part of that respect for Indigenous people and their struggle to carry their culture forward is to hear what they're saying about the way they're trying to manage their culture and their issues and to try and have some respect for that."

SBS Radio News has been unable to contact the book's author for comment.
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